Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe: The Paradox of Inclusion

Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe: The Paradox of Inclusion

by Joel F. Handler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521833701

ISBN-13: 9780521833707

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Comparing welfare policies in the U.S. and Western Europe aimed at the "workless" population, this study notes that the European labor policies of welfare services offer the best method of bringing the socially excluded back into mainstream society. Despite differences in ideology and practice, Joel Handler argues that there are also significant similarities

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Comparing welfare policies in the U.S. and Western Europe aimed at the "workless" population, this study notes that the European labor policies of welfare services offer the best method of bringing the socially excluded back into mainstream society. Despite differences in ideology and practice, Joel Handler argues that there are also significant similarities between the U.S. and the Europeans, especially in field-level practices that serve to exclude the most vulnerable. The author examines strategies for reform and concludes with an argument for a basic income guarantee.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521833707
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The US welfare reform : "ending welfare as we know it"20
The "undeserving poor"20
"Ending welfare as we know it"25
The "work first" strategy28
The low-wage labor market30
Work experience of welfare recipients34
Attitudes of welfare recipients41
Decline in the welfare rolls and poverty44
The future55
Recommendations to make welfare reform really work61
Social citizenship in the United States76
Some lessons from the US experience that might be applicable to Western Europe78
3The European welfare states87
Social citizenship in the Golden Age88
The challenge of unemployment95
The impact on labor99
Vulnerable groups : the socially excluded111
Poverty121
Right, center, and left : questioning the welfare state126
The "third way" : from status to contract132
4Workfare in Western Europe142
The United Kingdom145
Ireland155
Sweden156
Norway161
Denmark164
The Netherlands169
France180
Germany189
Risks for the socially excluded199
5Social Europe : alternatives? solutions? conclusions?209
Social Europe : convergence vs. path-dependent; negative vs. positive integration212
Reform at the national level233
Those who remain245

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